Merced, Calif. - The men's soccer team capped off their second trip to northern California with a 2-0 win over the University of California-Merced. After defeating California State Maritime Academy on Friday afternoon, the Golden Eagles completed a perfect 2-0 trip with today's win over the Bobcats.
In a match that was seemingly dominated by La Sierra, it was the play of the Bobcat's goalkeeper, Heriberto Diaz, who gave Merced a fighting chance. Diaz made a total of 11 saves while facing a total of 16 shots on goal (three saves were awarded to the team).
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half. But Edgar Padilla scored the first of two goals, in the 52nd minute, on an assist from Kenneth Henry. Padilla struck again, in the 73rd minute, assisted by Dakota Shelton.
La Sierra outshot Merced 23-8 for the match and 16-4 in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Roberto Rodriquez picked up his second win for the Golden Eagles, in as many games. His defense was stellar once again, as they allowed just four shots on goal, with Rodriquez making a total of three saves.
La Sierra improves to 7-2 in Cal Pac play (7-4 overall). The team will return home for a non-conference match with California State-San Marcos on Saturday night, before closing out the regular season with four straight conference matches in the coming weeks (two home and two on the road).